His upper right hand holds an hourglass drum or "dumroo" standing for the male-female vital principle, while the lower gestures us to "be fearless." A skull on his head depicts conquest over death.Goddess Ganga, epitomizing the holy river, sits on his head.
Historically, the regional classical dances have emerged from varied historical contexts, ranging from the dances of the devadasis, or women dedicated to the temples to offer dance service to the deities, to monks in monasteries, and to the dances of the courtesans in royal courts of the Mughal and other rules.
Three of the five dance styles presented at the Rasa Festival include (clockwise from upper left) Bharatanatyam (Vijay Palaparty and Nalini Prakash), Kathak (Pallabi Chakravorty), and Sattriya (Madhusmita Bora and Prerona Bhuyan).
The Rasa Dance Festival will present a new work based on the Odissi dance style, which is marked by sculptural poses and a fluid upper body.
Pictured left to right: Ishika Rajan, Sreyashi Dey, and Kritika Rajan.
Courtyard Dancers from Philadelphia will present Find Metiabruz!
in the north Indian style of Kathak, which originated in the nomadic storytellers’ performances and later in royal courts and is characterized by exciting rhythmic footwork.
When we at [https://akshara-arts.org|Akshara] decided to produce the India-inspired, month-long, multi-arts [https://rasafestival.org|Rasa Festival], a classical dance segment was planned as a key event because it occupies a pre-eminent position in the arts landscape of India.
Rasa Dance Festival runs September 23 and 24 at Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti.
Shiva's two different cosmic dances take place in one's "Chidambaram" or in the sky of the mind, portrayed as the center of consciousness situated at the altar of one's heart.
Classical dances in India owe much to the mythology of the cosmic dancer.
Stories of Gods such as Krishna, Shiva, Rama, and of Goddesses such as Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Kali are narrated in the dances.